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Senior Research Associate (5168)

Senior Research Associate in Cobot Technologies for Fashion


The Senior Research Associate will help support the initiation of a robotics lab space and help scope a large-scale infrastructure project. The role will involve desk based research into sources and resources; developing a master planning document; identifying infrastructure; collaborating with internal and external stakeholders; understanding environmental and health and safety concerns and carrying out due diligence; considering staffing requirements; specifying tooling, and spaces, developing tools lists and requirements; tender process for suppliers; developing a stakeholder list and collecting and collating letters of support and endorsements from stakeholders and key industry partners. The role will also involve experimentation with small scale cobot technologies for  which funding has been secured. You should be fully conversant with new developments in this exciting area and willing to join an expanding team as a key player in developing novel agile tools for fashion fabrication.


About the role

The main purpose of the role is to help scope a new Living Lab at Manchester Fashion Institute. The post holder should have a strong background in fashion design and fabrication, a Master's degree in Fashion with a sustainability specialism and some expertise in robotics. You will be expected to be flexible in your working hours and able to work both in the dedicated lab space as well as travel both nationally and internationally to engage and work with stakeholders including academics, micro and SME businesses, and  start-ups in both robotics and fashion design/ manufacture/ fabrication. It would be an advantage to be a fluent German speaker as you will be developing international research collaborations and partnerships with engineering firms and academics specifically in Germany.


About you

Key skills:

Fashion Design, Masters Degree.

Strong background in environmental issues re the fashion industry

A technical background in garment construction and fabrication.

Experience in physical computing and software-to-hardware integration

Experience of lab development and project management in a university context


Essential Skills:

A good understanding of cobot technologies for fashion.

Ability to manage additional staff and stakeholders

Can contribute to bid writing for additional funding to establish the lab

Self-motivated, able to produce reports and edit documents for a variety of stakeholders

Ability to share information across multiple stakeholder platforms orally and in writing including within the university and to local government

Proven ability as a budget holder, able to deliver projects on time and within budgetary constraints

Willingness to do additional training as necessary for the project development



Fluency in German language

Understands the reshoring policy agenda


 You should contact Susan Postlethwaite,  Professor of Fashion Technologies for initial discussions about the role. Interviews are expected to be held mid to late August for a September start.

In recognition of staff contributions to the University's achievements during the 2021/2022 academic year, an additional discretionary payment of 2% per annum will be added to your salary until 31/07/23 in order to ensure consistency amongst existing and incoming staff.  This additional 2% will be paid pro rata in equal monthly instalments, on top of your salary each month until 31/07/23.

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Manchester All Saints Campus
Oxford Road, Manchester, UK, M15 6BH
  • Location:
    Manchester All Saints Campus
  • Faculty / Function:
    Arts and Humanities
  • Salary:
    Grade 9 (£44,737 to £51,805) until 31/07/23 an additional 2% will be paid (£45,632 to £52,841)
  • Closing Date:
    15 August 2022
  • Contract Type:
    fixed term
  • Contracted Hours per week:
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